Wednesday, August 4, 2021

August IWSG Post and my Favourite Writing Craft Book


My plan for August is to read lots. With back to back deadlines from last year, I missed reading. I’ve loads of books all around me, and I plan to devour that pile like a book monster.

With July being my birthday month, I had several birthday celebrations with family and friends. It was really nice to go out, with masks, sanitizers and maintaining social distancing.

I’ve posted many pictures on my Instagram handle.


7 months of 2021 gone by, it’s time for another IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post. IWSG is an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month.

IWSG was started by Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex is the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, with several more on the way. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this amazing group and some writing related posts.

 The awesome co-hosts for the August 4 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox!

August 4 question - What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

I have a confession to make. I bought the book ‘Writing The Breakout Novel Workbook’ by Donald Maass ages back, but I am yet to read it properly. This August I’ll be going through the book and making notes.

What are your August plans?


  1. Belated happy birthday!
    Dive into that book this month.

  2. Happy (belated) Birthday!

    Yeh for lots of reading!

    That Breakout Novel book is excellent. I also have a few of his other books in my TBR pile.

  3. I haven't read that one yet, myself, although I've heard great things about it.

    Happy (belated) Birthday!!!

  4. Hope you get lots of reading in this month, including Donald Maass' book. I'm planning to write, read, work, and visit with family and firends.

  5. My August goals are to catch up on one of two large admin projects I've neglected all year. I'm glad you had a Happy Birthday Month!

  6. Happy birthday!

    I intend to survive one more con and then relax for a while.

  7. Glad you had a great birthday month!!
    August is busy here - I take care of a little one while school is out. And I've got a release next week :)

  8. Happy July birthday, Rachna! My husband and I are going to Vegas this month, and I can't wait. It's been quite a time since my husband had his heart attack on April 10th (He's fine now.), and we're both ready for some careful fun ~ masks, sanitizers, as much social distancing as possible. Happy book devouring!

  9. A belated happy birthday from me, too. Breakout novel is well worth the effort. Or, at least... it was for me.
    Happy IWSG day.

  10. I have writing books that I have yet to crack open too. Not enough time because of the day job. Next year though ;)

  11. I'm finishing, rewriting, revising, and editing my current wip this month. Can't do much outdoors anyway because of poor air quality from western wildfires and hot days. Must make the best of it, I guess.

  12. Maas' book is very good. I read it years ago. I hope it helps you.

  13. July is my birthday month too!! Happy belated birthday!!
    Best wishes reading. Reading lots helps with writing...reading anything! Not just non-fiction books.

  14. I have heard of this book too and need to check it out. Hope you have a productive month.